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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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il_budha from The Netherlands writes:
Well, I'm the guy who put up the ASR-X for review here (Richard Knijnenburg). Sold it about 1.5 years ago (time flies when you're having fun --> traded the ASR-X in for a Nord Modular, never looked back).

Anyway, allow me to comment on my original review.

The filters on this are fat and squelchy, the resampling is quick and useful, and the effects are extremely cool.

The Urban Dance soundblock actually contained too much brass and silly voices for my taste (although I did use them on some tracks as fx, f***ked up through the effects). Some nice pads and basses though.

The display sucks, the sequencer is useless, the diskdrive is slow as hell, the SCSI-port turned out to be as slow, and a bit unreliable, even with 2.5 software. As a stand-alone box (which is of course how it was positioned), this is NOT a good buy. Also, I began noticing the timing of the machine to be VERY, VERY bad. Never heard anything so sloppy in my life.

The ASR-X could have been classic, if: 1. it had a good display 2. it had an intuitive sequencer with extensive editing 3. it had a 24MB block as standard (they're NOT worth the $350 I had to pay for one) 4. the diskdrive and SCSI weren't so godawful slow 5. it was supported by Recycle's sample-dump via SCSI 6. it was half the price I paid!! 7. the timing was remotely good!

I did make some good tracks with this, but was ultimately disappointed. For the silly price, I'd recommend you avoid this (and especially the Pro version).

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-14-2000 at 07:27
izm a professional user from usa writes:
Why people compare this to the MPC is rediculous. The MPC is more of a sequencer first and a sampler second--hence the name Midi Production Center... The ASR is more of a sampler w/ killer effects..hence the shitty sequencer and horrible interface. I use them both, but use them in roles they are best suited for. I use the MPC for sequencing..its timing and groove/swing is excellent. I use the X mainly as a sound module for my samples and EFX routing and do not rely on its sync (tried that when I first got it and damn near went insane). I always debate about selling it, then I think of all the features in one box and change my mind... It's not my favorite piece of equipment, but I have this strange love hate relationship with it. \Give it a 3/5 because it doesn't really work as well as it should. Despite all you get ni the box, my theory is if you put it out there it better work...unfortunately Ensoniq just threw the X to market w/o properly testing it and that's obvious because all the problems poeople had were with alot of its basic functions not working right.... buy at your own risk if you expect this box to be the 'all in one' ensoniq makes it out to isn't. Good purchase if you use it in one role..not the sequncer though

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-31-2000 at 20:32
LC from New Jersey, USA writes:
I have the PRO(Red) version and I have to say that this thing is the illest machine out. I used to be a Pro MPC person having both the MPC2000 and the XL. The ASR-X Pro can do so much more as far as sound processing and sampling. The sequencer on the MPC is a hundred times better though. You don't have a graphic editor on the ASR like you do on the MPC but personally if you have to look at your sounds instead of listening then your in the wrong business. This machine has to be the most slept on box sampler out there. It's also rugged as hell, built like a red tank. Respect to all you MPC headz out there but if you ever want to try and freak your samples like crazy then check out an ASR-X Pro. (Has built in EFX too!!!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-19-2000 at 22:46
marc a professional user from holland writes:
Get the update 2.67 which fixes lots of bugs and greatly increases scsi transfers. Great sounding machine. The effects are great for resampling. Get it with scsi and dance expansion board at a cut down price. The secuencer is not good enough for heavy multitrack sequencing but can suffice as a drum-sequencer with which you can program beats and then resample through effects etc. Don't use as main sequencer but as a re)sampler/effects unit/synth it is fab!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-23-2000 at 20:00
nubey a professional user from usa writes:
Man I'm sorry dude, you can't go wrong with an E-mu sample (same company I know but their support is great) and mine works flawlessly, although you'll lose the sequencer,

skip the MPC toys, the 3k is good but is too pricey Me I'd get a Yamaha rM1X and an E-mu esi sampler and viola you've got a much more capable machine than the asr-x. Look at the fizmo posts, you'll see what ensoniq thnks about building quality gear, they make it as cheaply as possible and over time it will let you down, eventually. Though I do love the old esq-1 but that was almost 15 years ago now, back when they still cared about their consumers.

Cheaply made, decent sound, high price tag -- 3 marks while it still works. Mine went back for more capable gear and the sequencer well it sucks...


Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-02-2000 at 16:23
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